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Bounce to the Ounce

16 Nov

I’ve been a Kyle fan from Day 1.  He is a lot of fun to watch and really knows how to perform through dance (not just go from pose to pose ala Audrina…or Brandy).  I was very happy to see him do so well AND get credit for it from the judges.  Samba always strikes me as the kiss of death on the show but it just didn’t stop him.  (And this was with a costume that was not doing him any favors.)  I also give Kyle a lot of credit for doing content-heavy dances.  So often the male contestants are just light years behind the ladies in terms of the difficulty level they take on, but I don’t feel that it is the case with Kyle.

Brandy. Sigh.  I am trying to keep an open mind, but I just find her movement stiff and awkward.  I feel like she gives a performance with her face but not with her dancing.  I will give credit for the tango–that did not look easy. (Though I note she did a way modified version of the scary jump lift that Erin did with Maks last season. But that’s cool–it really did look scary.)

Bristol. What can I say? She’s not terrible, especially when you consider that she has no performing background. She really does look like a high school kid performing at an assembly (“Gee look Mom, I’m dancing!”). Which is fine. Except this isn’t an assembly. Her dances seem to be at a slower pace than the others.   [Sidenote: if indeed Tea Party folks are rigging the voting (see it just does not bode well for our country that they would try to push a non-deserving winner on a dancing show just to make trouble. ] That said, I do think a lot of people vote because they think she has come such a long way, but I think in the end, it should be who is best.  The show is called Dancing with the Stars. Newsflash, America: actual performing arts stars (as opposed to reality show stars) are very likely to have dance or at least performing talent.   The point is that they are not professional ballroom dancers. I get that watching Kristi or whats-her-name from last season dominate a season can be disheartening, but wasn’t it fun to see such great performances?

Anyway, I guess we know where I stand on Jennifer. She rocks!  I am finding her story so interesting. I am still unclear how much dance background she had before Dirty Dancing, but I do believe she has done little since.  It is interesting that it always seemed like Mr. Swayze was the dance highlight of the movie–and of course he was–but watching J. Grey light it up each week, I now see that her dancing and performance quality are very special as well. Does it make anyone else want to cry that it took her all this time to get out there and dance again? That movie just came out at the wrong time when there was just no interest in dancing and movie musicals as there is again now.   Whatever is wrong with DWTS, it makes me happy that millions are tuning in each week to watch dancing and that talented performers/choreographers like Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke have nice paying job and notoriety.






Dancing in the Round

12 Oct

Where to start?

First let’s congratulate everyone for surviving the raised in the round stage.  No dropped partners.  Hurrah!

Karina/Situation: The abs arrived!  Love the Sweet Dreams music. But poor Situation can’t dance. I think Carrie Ann got it right when he said that walking is his worst move. Most importantly, Karina’s hair scared me.

Oh Florence. Nice dress but that dance was bananas.

Dazamn Jennifer Grey!  That tango rocked. Wowza!  And Len didn’t even have a problem with their piano monkey business at the beginning.  That dance felt so much longer than the others because there was so much more packed in.

Let’s talk about Mark and Bristol.  First, I liked when little Tripp tried to hit Mark at the end of their visit. Someone had to.  When Mark worked with little Shawn Johnson he worked really hard to make her comfortable and keep a friendly distance.  But here, his dances are just way too flirty/sexy considering he is working with a 19 year old non-performer.  Next week, Mark, keep your distance and keep your shirt on!  Seriously.  As to the dancing–such a mixed bag.  She has good and bad moments.

Dearest Audrina: Two things. (1) Getting the high score once does not make you a “front runner.”  Especially when (2) you apparently refuse to make facial expressions for fear of wrinkles.  And here I thought you were just a robot.

Let’s see, who did I purposely forget?

The athletes!  I think the judges got it right.  Oh and that kid who was on It’s So Raven.  I thought he was pretty good.

Brandy/Max–hey they were good!  I give a lot of credit to the lighting and the sheet costume for points but Brandy really did a nice job.

Dancing in the Round

12 Oct

Dancing in the Round.

Original Betty

24 Sep

I think we all celebrate the return of Betty White, but wish writers would make better use of her than the obligatory old-person-says-something-dirty-or-mentions-the-Facebook jokes.  But I never would have guessed that Community would be the show to do it!  Great performance, unique story line!

Tuesday Premieres

22 Sep

I love that Glee started off the season by making fun of itself.  [Mr. Shue: “They don’t like it when I rap?”] Even better: the fist fight between Quinn and Santana! [Also, I hate to impose reality on a show that is essentially a musical, but if they came in third at Regionals, it seems to me that they would not then be able to go to Nationals.]

Also, Billy Baldwin is everywhere! What a welcome addition to Parenthood!

Well played, America! (DWTS Results)

22 Sep

[Update upon actually watching the results]
DWTS Week 1 elimination actually surprised me, but I am very happy with your work, America.  (I did not actually tune in, but the internet hooked me up with the information.)

Despite the otherwise interminable nature of the results show, I must say that I enjoyed the pros’ cha-cha.  If you have danced cha-cha, you have danced to Oye Como Va.  It was fun to see what they did with it–very classic, showed off the skills of the Latin champs on the show, and was not overwrought as the pro dances often are.  Also, it was such a lesson in how important the right music is.  I understand DWTS uses a variety of music to engage America, but it’s not easy on the performers.  True cha-cha music (or samba, waltz, etc.) really helps–it accents the important beats so that you know when to step.  Usually.

Libby covered most of my thoughts on yesterday’s performance show but here are a few more:

1. Did anyone else notice that Derek did not seem to be familiar with “These Arms of Mine” when he announced that it would be their song?  On that note, I usually think the band does a nice job but I think we all learned a lesson that covering Otis Redding is something about which EVERYONE should think twice before trying.  (Don’t even think about it, Michael I-think-When-A-Man-Loves-A-Woman-is-my-song Bolton.)  So far I think I like them as a couple but can’t tell how that’s going to work yet. I was hoping she’d be paired with Tony but of course Derek is great so can’t complain.

2. Loving Karina’s new haircut.  Conversely, Lacey’s blond hair is terrifying.

3.  Rick Fox maybe IS too tall, despite what the judges said.

4. How about that Kyle?  I had never heard of him but he was tons of fun.

5.  Sooo, can someone explain why the Situation did not show off his abs?  Isn’t that a job requirement for him? Isn’t that why he was wearing a zip up warm up jacket? [Aha, he showed them off when prompted by Florence Henderson. She’s fun–we need to keep her around!]

6. Libby said it, but I have to second the wishes that Margaret Cho will come out strong next week.

7. I won’t really critique Bristol due to her age and lack of performance background.  (I think the judges were doing the same?) For now,  I’ll just say that I was not impressed with her ability to get the steps down, but let’s wait and see what she can do with more rehearsals.

EMMY Opening Number

30 Aug

What fun to see John Hamm shakin’ it. But oooh, Matt Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris looked like they were smiling through tears that they were not included and Kate worst-person-ever Plus 8 was.

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